The Emergency Department at Faith Regional Remains in Temporarily Located in Intensive Care Unit
The Emergency Department continues to assess hospital-wide damage due to storm.
Norfolk –April 20, 2012: The Emergency Department (ED) at Faith Regional Health Services continues to be temporarily located in the Intensive Care Unit while ongoing assessments of the damage are being conducted this week. As reported earlier this week, the ED sustained major water damage from the flooding inside the hospital that occurred on April 14, 2012. A tsunami of water, mud and hail about 10 to 12 feet high poured in through an exterior door that had collapsed under the pressure of the flooding. Patients had to be immediately evacuated and the ED was set up in a temporary location in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“The first assessment was performed on Tuesday, April 17 by our insurance carrier and it was determined that the scope of the flood damage was greater than anticipated and the damage was reclassified as a Large Claim,” stated Tim Auwarter, vice president of Support and Ancillary Services. “A second insurance appraiser is scheduled to be on-site today. We anticipate that the monitoring and full review of the scope of damages will be completed within a week.”
Initial assessment of the water damage has revealed that approximately 15,000 square feet of walls, flooring, and cabinetry was damaged due to the flooding in the ED and in adjacent departments. In addition, campus wide, there have been another 12-15 areas that sustained water damage throughout various Faith Regional buildings. The reconstruction process is scheduled to begin April 23 but it is unclear as to how long it will take.
For now, the temporary location of the ED continues to be in one section of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). EMS squads and patients coming to the hospital with emergency needs are asked to access the temporary ED by entering the East side of the hospital off of Norfolk Avenue and 25th Street. The entrance is adjacent to the main entrance of West Campus.
“We will continue to assess damages sustained to all of our facilities and proceed with repairs in the safest manner to protect our patients, visitors and team members,” added Auwarter. “Our goal is to complete the repairs as quickly and safely as possible and continue to focus on providing quality care to our patients. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this disaster and recovery period, and we want to assure our patients, community and team members that we are working expeditiously to remedy the situation.”
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